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The conductor-training for virtuosity: An investigaton into conducting technique and pedagogy


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Quinn, C 1997 , 'The conductor-training for virtuosity: An investigaton into conducting technique and pedagogy', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This paper seeks to determine the extent to which one can be prepared for the conducting
profession and examines the pursuit of virtuosic conducting. The paper identifies and
examines a range of skills essential to the art of conducting, the interconnection of these
skills and discusses the role of practical experience in terms of skill development. The
paper looks at these aspects in light of demands associated with the conducting profession
and investigates aspects of current training for the profession. Different approaches and
philosophies concerning conducting training are explored and associated problem areas are
identified. This paper supports the belief that these problems can be addressed with
suitable training and argues that if conductors were adequately trained they would be more
likely to be effective from the first time they work with a professional ensemble. The paper
concludes that a virtuosic level of conducting would be a more probable outcome for
conductors exposed to thorough training. This paper focuses on conducting skill and
technique more than artistic and interpretative issues.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Quinn, C
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